Exposé Online banner

Soft Hearted Scientists — False Lights
(The Hip Replacement HIP REP 004, 2013, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2013-06-20

False Lights Cover art

This past May saw the release of the latest CD by those gentle scientists from Cardiff. They have been furiously working in their secret lab to brew their latest concoction of 14 whimsical Brit psych-pop potions. Though they sound reminiscent of the 60s, they are definitely not a retro band. What they have done is create something odd, familiar, and thoroughly enjoyable with a fair amount of variety between the 14 songs. The opening and closing songs, "Tintern Abbey...," are the only truly experimental out there sounding tracks on the disk, and they are a wonderful complement to the rest of the disc. The first true song, "Seeing," is a music hall sing along with a definite "Yellow Submarine" vibe and I was a expecting a goo goo ga joob at the end. "Night of the Hunter" has a lighthearted sound where they have channeled George Harrison and All Things Must Pass. Other songs are like adult nursery rhymes: "Seaside Sid, foolish kid. He went swimming with a giant squid. The squid was vicious, Sid was delicious, now his bones are a home for the deep sea fishes." And the "Panorama" lyric: "White sheep, black sheep, red helicopter. Blue skies, green hills, calm me down." These trippy songs are jam packed with catchy hooks and quirky lyrics. There is no acid drenched guitar pyrotechnics here, just perfectly blended blissful songs. And you don't even really care what the songs are about. The Soft Hearted Scientists are definitely a band to watch!


Filed under: New releases, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Soft Hearted Scientists, Nathan Hall / Sinister Locals

More info
http://www.softheartedscientists.com
http://www.no-other-publicity.co.uk

Latest news

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Sándor Szabó / Kevin Kastning - Resonance & Parallel Crossings – These are two collections of duos featuring New England based Kevin Kastning and Hungarian born guitarist Sándor Szabó, the latter with a number of previous releases to his credit. The...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues